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Imagine the soliloquy Rust Cohle could spin about the philosophical reasoning behind Emmy submission strategies.
HBO has thrown down the gantlet, making the decision to enter “True Detective” into the Primetime Emmy drama series categories rather than the miniseries field. It’s a statement that HBO feels it has more than a fighting chance with the Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson starrer in the top series category — even against such heatseekers as “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “Homeland” and its own “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire” — as well as the lead drama actor race.
“True Detective” likely would have had an easy trot to victory at the Emmycast in August in the miniseries category. The series fits the objective definition of a miniseries in that it is designed to be reinvented with an entirely new cast, setting and premise each year.
But the eight-episode drama caught fire for HBO in its January-February run, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Below, you’ll find a list of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime’s recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows and their current status. To see a series’ ratings and how many episodes have aired (if any), click the links in the middle column (where available).
Shows covered include: Black Sails, Da Vinci's Demons, Magic City, Marco Polo, Outlander, Power, Spartacus, The White Queen, The Big C, The Borgias, Californication, Dexter, Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Next Stop for Charlie, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Web Therapy, Ballers, The Brink, Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, Family Tree, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, Life's Too Short, Looking, The Newsroom, Treme, True Blood, True Detective, Veep, Banshee, The Knick, Strike Back, Transporter »
“Looking” is no one-season stand for HBO. The pay cabler has renewed the dramedy about three gay friends in San Francisco for a sophomore year.
“Looking” premiered last month to a small audience, but has grown its audience with each of its last three episodes. The pickup comes as HBO sorts out its comedy slate with a renewal last week for “Getting On,” and cancellations after maiden seasons for comedies “Hello Ladies” and “Family Tree.”
Production on the next batch of episodes is slated to begin later this year in San Francisco.
- Cynthia Littleton
Fox's comedy pilot "Weird Loners" has one of the standout titles of this development season, and its cast is shaping up to be pretty strong as well.
Becki Newton has signed on to play one of the title characters in the pilot, which comes from writer Michael Weithorn (creator of "The King of Queens") and director Jake Kasdan ("New Girl," "Freaks and Geeks"). It's about four social misfits who form a bond with one another via living in the same townhouse in Queens.
Newton's character, Caryn, is a "high-strung" dental hygienist with a tendency to go all-in on relationships way too quickly. Her co-stars thus far are "Happy Endings" alum Zachary Knighton and Nate Torrence ("Hello Ladies," "Super Fun Night"); the fourth member of the core group has yet to be cast.
Despite its less-than-stellar performance in the ratings, HBO has decided to renew "Getting On" for a second season. The order is for six episodes -- a figure that matches the total number of episodes in the current season -- and comes on the heels of HBO's decision not to renew its other freshman comedies, "Hello Ladies" and "Family Tree." Co-created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer -- the duo behind HBO's long-running and critically acclaimed series "Big Love" -- "Getting On" chronicles the day-to-day of three women who work in the female geriatric ward at a hospital. Starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash, the series uses humor to expose the absurd bureaucracy of the healthcare system. Olsen and Scheffer adapted the series from a British format of the same name, which ran for three seasons on BBC4.
- Shipra Gupta
Despite its less-than-stellar performance in the ratings, HBO has decided to renew "Getting On" for a second season. The order is for six episodes -- a figure that matches the total number of episodes in the current season -- and comes on the heels of HBO's decision not to renew its other freshman comedies, "Hello Ladies" and "Family Tree." Co-created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer -- the duo behind HBO's long-running and critically acclaimed series "Big Love" -- "Getting On" chronicles the day-to-day of three women who work in the female geriatric ward at a hospital. Starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash, the series uses humor to expose the absurd bureaucracy of the healthcare system. Olsen and Scheffer adapted the series from a British format of the same name, which ran for three seasons on BBC4. »
- Shipra Gupta
Exclusive: Nate Torrence is set as a lead opposite Zachary Knighton in Fox’s six-episode single-camera comedy series Weird Loners, from writer/exec producer Michael Weithorn, exec producer Jake Kasdan and 20th TV. It tells the story of four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, NY. Torrence will play one of them, Eric, a nerdy but not unattractive guy who works as a toll collector on a commuter bridge. Following his father’s death, Eric, who had spent his entire adult life living at home and taking care of his elderly parents, is cast adrift in the world, on his own for the first time ever, and he is delighted when his cousin, Stosh (Knighton), offers to move in with him. Torrance, repped by UTA, Truhett-Garcia Management and attorney Lev Ginsburg, got his break on »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In news that should surprise no one who’s been paying attention to HBO’s rapidly depleting comedy line-up, the network has decided to go ahead with a second season of its successful and offbeat medical comedy Getting On.
The show, an adaptation of a popular BBC series, proved a modest ratings success for HBO, particularly in light of the fact that the network barely promoted it. Instead, extremely positive word of mouth and strong reviews drew viewers to the first season. HBO’s order is for an additional six episodes, but that’s no cause for alarm considering that the first season also only ran six episodes.
Starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash and Mel Rodriguez, Getting On centers on the troubled staffers working in a female-geriatric wing of an embattled California hospital. Its blend of over-the-top humor and emotionally charged storylines made it a hit with audiences and critics alike. »
- Isaac Feldberg
HBO's under-the-radar comedy "Getting On" will return for a second season, which means you have time to catch up on the six-episode hospital-set series about doctors and nurses in a women's geriatric wing.
The HBO series is based on an award-winning British show of the same name, with the adaptation written by "Big Love" creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer. The fate of the show was still in the air after the network canceled fellow freshmen comedies "Hello Ladies" and "Family Tree." »
Christine Woods has been tapped as the female lead in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Two To Go, from Universal TV and studio-based David Janollari Entertainment and Jason Bateman‘s Aggregate. Written by Bryan Shukoff & Kevin Chesley and directed by Craig Zisk, the project centers on longtime best friends Kurt and Laura (Woods), who grapple with the challenges of modern-day dating while their group of friends try and prove that they are destined to be together. Woods, coming off a breakout starring turn on the HBO comedy Hello Ladies, fielded multiple pilot offers. Her choice, Two To Go, brings her back to NBC where she recurred on comedy Go On last season and previously played a lead on Perfect Couples. Woods, repped by Gersh, Emery Entertainment, and Melissa Rogal, is set to reprise her role as Jessica on the upcoming hourlong Hello Ladies special, which is set to wrap up »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
One of the most consistently bankable stars in Hollywood, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has dabbled in everything from high-octane action (the Fast & Furious franchise) to family fare (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) to reality television (TNT’s The Hero). Now, premium cable channel HBO is getting in on the action by ordering a half-hour comedy called Ballers, which Johnson will both star in and executive-produce.
Ballers will follow the lives of a diverse assortment of current and former football players. Johnson stars as Spencer Strasmore, a retired athlete. The show will also star Omar Benson Miller as “affable” former athlete Charles; John David Washington as “highly competitive and highly spiritual” pro athlete Ricky; Rob Corddry as financial advisor Joe; Troy Garity as a top-of-the-line sports agent named Jason, Donovan Carter as Vernon, a pro athlete struggling to keep the focus on his family; Jazmyn Simon as Julie, the wife of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Though HBO recently opted not to pick up the comedy series Family Tree and Hello Ladies for second seasons, the network has now added a new comedy offering to its upcoming schedule. THR reports that HBO has ordered to series the comedy The Brink, which stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins as a foreign service officer and the U.S. Secretary of State, respectively. Executive produced by Jay Roach (Recount, Austin Powers) and Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra), the show focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Weeds alum Roberto Benabib wrote the pilot script alongside his brother Ken Benabib and will act as showrunner, while Roach will helm the pilot. The Brink will join HBO’s current comedy lineup, which includes Girls, the recently premiered Looking, and Mike Judge’s upcoming series Silicon Valley. Production begins later this year, so the show »
- Adam Chitwood
This story first appeared in the Feb. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Quick, name three comedies on HBO. Girls … Veep … and …? Years after ratings hits Sex and the City and Entourage, three of the premium cable network's four most recent comedic efforts -- the recently canceled Christopher Guest serial Family Tree and Stephen Merchant's Hello Ladies, as well as Getting On, which likely will win a renewal -- have been ratings and buzz disappointments. Its newest entry, the gay-themed Looking, debuted Jan. 19 to only 338,000 viewers in live-plus same day measurement, losing more than half
- Lesley Goldberg
This Week in TV:
Jimmy Fallon reveals who his first guest will be on The Tonight Show; NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby miniseries casts Jason Issacs (Harry Potter) and Patrick J. Adams (Suits); NBC decides to shelve its Murder, She Wrote reboot for now; Adult Swim sets a season 4 premiere date for The Boondocks; HBO cancels Family Tree and Hello Ladies; and NBC orders a series based on Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz books titled Emerald City.
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- Daniel Johnson
Evidently, premium cable channels aren’t immune to the cancellation bug, either. Though most news about shows getting pink slips after their first seasons comes courtesy of major networks like NBC and Fox, HBO decided yesterday that it will not be moving forward with second seasons of two of its latest half-hour comedies: Family Tree and Hello Ladies.
Family Tree, a documentary-style comedy that starred Bridesmaids breakout Chris Dowd as a man tracing his lineage and coming to terms with his zany family members, never found much of an audience when it debuted last May. Ratings were consistently low throughout the eight-episode first season, despite warm critical reviews. HBO was clearly hoping to turn Family Tree into a comedy with the cult following of NBC mockumentaries like The Office and Parks and Recreation, but it just didn’t catch on in the way network heads were expecting it to.
- Isaac Feldberg
Marvel made a big announcement about the future of Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. It’s a big spoiler, so I’ll let you decide if you’ll click on the link. I love the concept, if not the specifics.
Access Hollywood talked with Finn Jones about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Sadly, he says, “There’s not enough hot gay sex for Loras this season.” I’m going to sit in a corner where I will think about Daenerys dispensing justice with her dragons and Lady Olenna dropping wit bombs until I’m excited about the new season.
Come on, HBO, who is going to fill Lafayette’s shoes once True Blood ends?
Adrianne Palicki will be appearing in a story arc on NBC’s upcoming dramedy About a Boy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. »
- Lyle Masaki
We're only about three weeks away from the release of the entire 13-episode second season of Netflix's "House of Cards" on the streaming service on February 14th. Today, new stills from the series have gone online over on She Knows.
Clearing its decks this year of all pre-2014 dramas bar "Game of Thrones," HBO is now taking a hatchet to its comedy series department. Both of last year's new comedies "Hello Ladies" and "Family Tree" are Not being renewed for a second season. [Source: The Live Feed]
Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Luke Treadaway, Jessica Raine and original Danish "The Killing" star Sofie Grabol have all joined Sky Atlantic's new drama "Fortitude". The twelve-part series that began filming this week in Iceland and the UK and is described as 'Broadchurch in the Arctic'.
Tucci plays a detective who flies into an Icelandic mining town to join a local »
- Garth Franklin
While HBO has cancelled Hello Ladies, that won't be the end of the line for the characters. The cable channel plans to wrap up the TV series with a special. There's no word on when it will air just yet.
Based on Stephen Merchant's stand-up act, Hello Ladies revoles around Stuart Pritchard (Merchant) and his search for love in Los Angeles. The rest of the cast includes Christine Woods, Nate Torrence, Kevin Weisman, and Kyle Mooney.
The first season ran for eight episodes, from September until November of 2013. The premiere drew 522,000 viewers and subsequent installments drew fewer.
What do you think? Did you like Hello Ladies? Are you sorry there won't be a second season? How would you like to see Stuart's story end? »
News and notes from up and down the channel guide:
- David O. Russell is making the transition to TV. ABC has given a straight-to-series 13-episode order to a drama from the celebrated "American Hustle" auteur and "Erin Brockovich" writer Susannah Grant. Russell and Grant co-wrote the story for the as-yet-unnamed series, an upstairs/downstairs soap set at a private country club, with Grant writing the teleplay. [Deadline]
- NBC is planning a "Friday Night Lights" reunion of sorts on upcoming comedy "About A Boy" from "Fnl" creator Jason Katims. Former co-star Adrianne Palicki has booked a seven-episode guest arc as Dr. Samantha Lake, a love interest for David Walton's Will. [THR]
- NBC has renewed "Days of Our Lives" for two more seasons, extending the show through September 2016. The Daytime Emmy winner will celebrate its 50th anniversary in November 2015. Says NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke, "'Days of our Lives »
Though HBO will be losing both True Blood and Boardwalk Empire after the shows air their final seasons this year, the network is clearing a couple of other programs off its schedule. HBO has decided not to renew the comedies Hello Ladies and Family Tree for second seasons, per THR. The network will be giving Hello Ladies a wrap-up comedy special from star Stephen Merchant, but it appears that we’ve reached the end of the road for Christopher Guest’s Family Tree, which was an endearing if ultimately minor show from the brilliant mind behind Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman. THR also adds that talks are underway for a second season of the dark comedy Getting On, starring Alex Borstein. Hit the jump for more on HBO's current slate. In addition to announcing 2014 end-dates for True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, HBO recently ordered a third and final »
- Adam Chitwood
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